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Friday, June 12, 2009

Honor Roll dedication on Sunday, June 28

The town of Carlisle will unveil its new Veteran/Armed Forces Honor Roll Memorial, listing the names of the 286 servicemen and servicewomen from Carlisle who served from World War I to the present-day, in a special ceremony on Sunday, June 28. Situated on the Town Common, the new edifice is built from New England-quarried granite with bronze plaques “floating” above the memorial wall. The design process, led by a volunteer committee, was well-vetted by the entire community with funding provided through the Community Preservation Act.

The official dedication of the new Honor Roll Memorial will feature a keynote address by honored guest speaker Lt. Gen. Ted Bowlds, Commander, Electronic Systems Command, Hanscom Air Force Base, as well as participation by a Military Honor Guard and the Carlisle Minuteman Battalion. Formal ceremonies begin at 2 p.m. at the Town Common and will be held rain or shine. A reception in Union Hall will follow.

Veterans whose names appear on the memorial are encouraged to contact Larry Bearfield ahead of time for preferred seating. He can be reached at or 1-617-584-5001, or in person at Ferns.

Start composting

The Carlisle Household Recycling Committee can provide easy to assemble, high-quality composting bins to residents at cost. Kitchen scrap collector and two outdoor bin styles are available. Samples will be on display at the Carlisle Household Recycling Booth during Old Home Day, June 27. Place an order at the booth or by calling 1-978-287-4270 or emailing

Twilight at GPL June 20

Can’t stop talking about the Twilight saga, reading the Twilight books, watching the Twilight movie? Gleason Public Library will devote Saturday, June 20, to all things vampire; join us in the Hollis Room from noon to 2:45 p.m. to chat about the entire Twilight series and watch the movie with fellow fanatics. Pre-registration is not required. The event is open to all fifth through twelfth graders.

The movie Twilight is rated PG-13. Gleason Public Library’s Twilight event is made possible by a grant from the Manton Foundation. For more information about the event, please visit the library’s website,, or write Erica, Gleason’s teen librarian:

COA luncheon features Shakespeare program

All adults are invited to “Shakespeare: The Lunatic, The Lover and The Poet–Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” featuring actor Richard Clark on Thursday, June 18, beginning at 12:45 p.m. in Union Hall at FRS Church in Carlisle (Following the COA Luncheon)

There is no charge for this performance. (If you are coming for lunch, you must call the COA at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up by June 15. A fee of $3 will be charged for the lunch).

Getting paid to talk

An introduction to Voice Acting Class, will be offered through the Town of Carlisle Recreation Department on Thursday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Carlisle Town Hall. During this two-and-a-half-hour non-credit class, students will learn what it takes to become a professional voice actor, from the basics of getting started, all the way through working in the studio, recording a demo, and landing jobs. Class attendees will have an opportunity to record a mock commercial. Registration in advance is required and enrollment is limited to 20. For more information or to register, call 1-978-369-9815. Class fee is $20.

CCA to meet June 17

The Carlisle Climate Action (CCA) group will meet on Wednesday, June 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the third floor conference room at the First Religious Society. Items on the agenda include: Zero Waste, Weatherization, Barn Raising and the new energy efficient Massachusetts building code option known as the “Stretch” code

Laughter is the best medicine

On Monday, June 29, at 7 p.m., mime and comedian Robert Rivest will present “Laughter is the Best Medicine” at Union Hall, First Religious Society as part of the Gleason Public Library’s summer reading program “Starship Adventure” at the Library.

“Laughter is the Best Medicine” is a collection of his humorous and heart warming mime stories. A student of Marcel Marceau, Robert trained for ten years with internationally renowned masters of mime, dance, theater, and improvisation. This free program is made possible by the Friends of the Gleason Public Library. The program is open to children from kindergarten up; no registration required. To learn more about library events, please visit or call 1-978-369-4898.

Dems picnic, June 20

Save the date of Saturday, June 20, 4 to 7 p.m., for the Carlisle Democratic Town Committee picnic at Cindy and John Nock’s house, 41 Canterbury Court. Talk politics with our State Senator Susan Fargo, State Representative Cory Atkins, and fellow Carlisle Democrats, Independents and friends. Children are welcome. For more information, contact Susan Stamps, chair of the Democratic Town Committee, at 1-978-369-8462 or

Calling all Hams

All Carlisle ham radio operators are invited to come to an organizational meeting on Tuesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Union Hall (on the first floor of the Unitarian church on the Common).

For more information, contact Dave Willard W1EO or Alan Cameron K1CHI.

FOGPL Used Book Sale

  Save your used books! The Friends of the Gleason Public Library (FOGPL) Book Sale will be held on June 27 on Old Home Day. Donations to the sale can be made June 1 to 24 at the library. We are looking for volunteers to help sort, move books, set up and help on the day of sale. Please contact Seema Peterson at or 1-978-369-3288 if you can help.

34th annual Carlisle Road Races

Following past tradition, the Carlisle Road Races will be one of the opening Old Home Day events on Saturday, June 27. Race details can be found on the entry blanks, which are available at Ferns, the Library, Post Office, Transfer Station Bulletin Board or electronically at (click on Schedule tab). The only official runners (with numbers and eligible for prizes) are present and former Carlisle residents and town employees – no friends and visiting relatives. Pre-race entries must be signed and mailed to the race directors postmarked no later than June 24 or hand delivered by June 26. Pre-entry fees are $6 adults, $3 youth (19 and under) for each race. Race day entries will be $8 adults, $5 youth. Ferns once again will be providing refreshments for the runners.

Course records are 25:58 (Tim Harte-’91) and 31:51 (Kim Ratcliffe-’96) in the five-mile race, and 4:42 (Tim Harte-’98) and 5:51 (Rennie Munson-’81) in the one-mile event.

Additional volunteers are needed. Please contact race directors Ronald or Leslie Kmiec (369-6130/ for further information or to help on race day. All “jobs” are over by 9:30 a.m.

Old Home Day is June 27 and 28.
This year’s theme is “Back to Basics.”

Soapbox Derby: Time is limited. Start building your soapbox racer now and be ready for a thrilling ride down Church Street hill on June 27. Awards will be given for fastest and best design. Carlisle’s finest will have a radar gun on the speedsters – and it’s all legal! Details and an application can be found at the OHD web site:, or contact Claude von Roesgen at,, or 1-978-405-2524.

Art Show: Behold the great art created by your Carlisle neighbors. Even better, be a part of the show yourself by entering a creation you or your children have made. Any resident of Carlisle is eligible to enter up to four pieces of art. Professional artists, children and adults, all who have a passion to express their creative side, are encouraged to participate. Watercolors, pen and ink drawings, photographs, paintings, jewelry, stained glass, scrapbooks, poems, quilts, ceramics, LEGO sculptures, woodwork and more are all welcome. A special award will be given to the one work of art that best reflects this year’s OHD theme, “Back to Basics.” Drop off your artwork on Friday June 26 between 4 and 7 p.m. at Union Hall. Contact: Peggy Wang at 1-978-369-4660.

Calling all bakers: Get out your best recipes and baking paraphernalia, because the cake-judging contest and Cake Walk are looking for lots of goodies. On June 27, deliver cakes for the cake-judging contest, or for the Cake Walk, to Corey Dining Room between 9 and 10 a.m. Otherwise, for the Cake Walk, deliver them to Town Hall between 4 and 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Cake Walk will begin at Town Hall with live musical entertainment. The Cake Walk needs to continue its tradition as one of OHD’s premier events. Bring your folding chairs or blankets, and enjoy the show.

Pie baking is an honored Old Home Day tradition. Are you a pastry-crust wizard? Do you make the best blueberry pie around? Have you invented the most delicious filling ever? Our panel of expert judges will settle the score among Carlisle’s many talented bakers! With categories for fruits/berries, creams/chiffons, and junior bakers (15 and under), there’s room for all. Bring your finest efforts to the Corey Dining Room Saturday, June 27 between 9 and 10 a.m. After judging, slices are available for sampling. Questions? Call Nancy West at 1-978-369-6515.

Community Service Volunteers: Adult and student volunteers are needed for the following OHD activities: Art Show, Country Fair, Set Up/Clean Up, Library Book Sale, Parade, Fun & Games, Pet Show, Pie/Cake Judging, Soap Box Derby, Barbecue, Cake Walk, Fun & Games, Ice Cream Social. Community Service credits will be awarded to students. Shifts are about two hours long. For information, call Bill Cooney or Debbie Power at 1-978-369-0434.

Firefighters Barbecue Dinner: Don’t miss the Chicken Barbecue at the Fire Station between 4 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27. Tickets are available now at Ferns and the Dispatch Center. Tickets are first come, first served and often sell out early. The price is $9 before Saturday and $10 if any are remaining on Old Home Day. Menu includes a hearty half a chicken, sides, beverage and dessert and supports the Carlisle Firefighters Relief Association as well and OHD.

Pancake Breakfast: The Carlisle Congregational Church invites the town of Carlisle to a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 27. Pancakes, juice and coffee will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Swanson Fellowship Hall.

Double Sundae Sunday Saunter: On June 28, as part of Carlisle’s Old Home Day weekend, the Trails Committee will lead a marathon walking, history and ice cream eating extravaganza starting at 11 a.m. at the Carlisle School parking lot and returning to the school at around 4 p.m. And remember the Ice Cream Social on Spalding Field at 5 p.m. Questions? Contact Steve Tobin at 1-978-369-1680 or

Planning Board seeks assoc members

The Carlisle Planning Board is seeking town residents who would be interested in serving as Associate Members of the Board. The Zoning Bylaws provide for up to two Associate Members, to be appointed jointly by the Planning Board and the Selectmen.

This is an ideal way to get involved with the work of the Planning Board without having to run for elected office. Associate Members will be encouraged (but not required) to attend Board meetings and participate fully in the discussion of matters before the Board, but generally will not vote. For specific applications that involve the issuance of special permits, the Chair may designate an Associate Member to act in the place of a regular member, including voting in that member’s place. Only in such cases would the Associate be required to attend all sessions of the public hearing for that application, normally held on two Monday evenings per month for the duration of that hearing.

Being an Associate Member will also give an interested volunteer the chance to “learn the ropes “of Planning Board business and responsibilities, and perhaps prepare and encourage one to run for an elected seat in the future.

If you are interested, please contact the Planning Administrator, George Mansfield at 1-978-369-9702, or the Planning Board Chair David Freedman at 1-978-369-0820. You may also send an e-mail to ∆

Join the Old Home Day Great Parade. June 27

This year’s Old Home Day Great Parade theme is “Back to Basics”. Everyone is encouraged to demonstrate good old-fashioned simplicity in this year’s OHD Great Parade on Saturday, June 27 at 10 a.m.

A Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd prizes will be awarded based on the best “Back to Basics” theme interpretation, originality, crowd response and other judging factors. The Grand Prize winner will have the name of its entry engraved on a trophy to be prominently displayed in the Tax Collector’s office at Town Hall.

Great Parade entries including all floats, horses and other critters, wagons, cars, trucks and walking groups should assemble in the school parking lot by 9:30 a.m. for the 10 a.m. start. Access to the parking lot is only available from Church Street (by Green Cemetery) at its intersection with Bedford Road.

Those with animal entries should note that the hot air balloon rides, if any, will not occur until Sunday, June 28.

All bicycles, scooters and other children’s entries should assemble in the Gleason Library parking lot at 10 a.m.

Please call Debbie Power or Bill Cooney at 1-978-369-0434 with any questions about the OHD Great Parade.

To get information about other Old Home Day activities, please see the Old Home Day ad on page 16, or visit the Old Home Day website,

Come to the free OHD Pancake Breakfast

The Carlisle Congregational Church invites the town of Carlisle to a free pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 27. Pancakes, juice and coffee will be served from 8 to 9:30 a.m. in the Swanson Fellowship Hall. Check your mailboxes for Carlisle Phone Book

The 2009-2010 Carlisle Phone Book is produced annually by volunteer families from the Red Balloon Preschool. Be sure to tell advertisers you found them through the Carlisle Phone Book. For information, contact Ali Walsh at 1-978-287-9593 or

Cover to Cover 2010: planning is underway

Carlisle’s successful inaugural community read event “Cover to Cover” 2009 was great, but 2010 will be even better. The Gleason Public Library has an enthusiastic planning team already brainstorming the next book and potential programs to offer in January 2010. But they want ideas from you. The more input, the better the event. They are looking for interested volunteers and/or interesting books titles. Stop by the library, visit or email to share ideas today.

Tax relief for seniors

Are you 60 years old or older?  Would you like to earn up to $700 to help reduce your property taxes?  You are eligible to apply for our Senior Tax Worker Program. Approved applicants provide work assistance to town departments. Currently tax workers can earn up to $700 credit by working 87.5 hours between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010. This program is currently limited to 16 participants; therefore, sign up now. The Senior Tax Advisory Committee hopes to have assignments made early the week of June 23. If you would like to apply or learn more about this program, please contact the COA at 1-978-371-2895.

Reading program sign-up

Sign ups have begun for Gleason Public Library’s summer reading program. “Starship Adventure at Your Library” will run from June 23 through July 30 and all children entering grades one through six are encouraged to participate. For more information, visit the library’s website www/ or contact Nancy Boutet or Erica Wing at 1-978-369-4898.

COA doings

Bereavement support group: The Inn at Robbins Brook, 10 Devon Drive, Acton, is sponsoring a support group on Friday afternoons from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on June 12 and 19, July 10 and 24 and August 7. This session, limited to 10 participants, will stop accepting individuals after the June 19 session. Contact Maura Capriccio at 1-978-264-4666 or mcapriccio@the to register.

Viagara Falls: Join the COA on September 22 (deadline for check/reservation is June 15) to see the new Broadway comedy “Viagara Falls” in New London, CT, followed by time at Olde Mystic Village. Lunch is on your own. The cost is $40 per person. Make checks payable to the Carlisle COA and mail to Joanne Willens, 145 Church Street, B-12, Carlisle, MA 01741. For information, contact Joanne at 1-978-371-8023 or

Monthly luncheon: Join the COA on Thursday, June 18 at 11:45 a.m. at Union Hall at the FRS for lunch followed at 12:45 p.m. by actor Richard Clark as Shakespeare: the Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to sign up no later than Monday, June 15. The cost is $3 or more. There will be a free blood pressure clinic from 11 – 11:45 a.m. Call the van line if you need a ride.

Podiatry Clinic: The next podiatry clinic is on Tuesday, July 7 at the Sleeper Room, starting at 9:30 a.m. Call the COA office at 1-978-371-2895 to make an appointment. Checks for $20 made out to the Friends of Carlisle COA (FCOA) or cash are payable the day of the clinic. The clinic is sponsored in part by the FCOA, Timothy Wheeler House of Concord and the Concord-Carlisle Community Chest.

Tour the CCHS recording studio

The Concord Education Fund invites the public to a tour of the new digital recording studio at the Concord-Carlisle High School on June 18 from 7 to 9 p.m. Meet in front of the cafeteria.

To date, the Concord Education Fund has raised $60,000 of the $90,000 needed to purchase equipment and convert existing space into a music lab and recording studio. There are still numerous pieces of equipment that need to be purchased to maximize its potential. In the current economic environment of reduced state aide to schools it is becoming increasingly important for the community to make up the shortfall.

If you cannot make the event and would like to make a donation, send a check to The Concord Education Fund, P. O. Box 202, Concord, MA 01742 or visit our website and donate online at

Remembering Ellen Miller

Those of you who knew Ellen Miller didn’t have to read her obituary last week to know she was an exceptional person. A community leader as one of this publication’s editors, long-time board member at the Carlisle Historical Society, and tireless volunteer supporting such projects as CCTV and Carlisle Girl Scouts, the Carlisle Selectmen have voted to allow consideration of a memorial possibly located on town land. If you knew Ellen and would like to be a part of a brainstorming session, come to Town Hall on Wednesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. (exact location will be posted there). If you cannot make the meeting but would like to contribute ideas or get on the project’s distribution list, send an email to Anne Marie Brako, and write “Memorial” in the subject line.

Can you help?

Last June, volunteers from Loaves & Fishes sorted and bagged bottles and cans at the Littleton Transfer Station, raising over $1,000 for the pantry. Can you help this year? Call Judy or Ray Grande at 1-978-486-1090, or e-mail

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